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Monday, February 13, 2012

Empty Yurts and New stuff

We are officially out of the yurt. Before we left we were treated to a northern lights display that could easily be seen from our loft out the top dome. Pretty cool.

Kaya rocking the curls and construction princess look amid the chaos of packing.

The empty yurt.

Not to worry, our yurt adventure is not over as we will be moving it to our new place this summer.
Here is a picture of Nicki going out for a late night mushing run in some really cold weather.

Here is a photo of our new place.

We love the wood interior. It is actually arranged a lot like the yurt. The master bedroom is a loft over the kitchen and looking out over the living area.

A photo taken from across the valley really shows the barn shape of the house.

A few more new things: Leo has found a new love for drawing. We can't get him to stop.

And, not even a week into moving into the new place, Nicki has a new dog.

Meet Quill, named after a run in with a porcupine. She is already proving to be a great puller as well as being super nice dog.


scrooner said...

Wow, Ben, that new place looks great! More pics of the inside!

Chris and Rachel said...

Wow, beautiful house. My wife and I have been talking about looking for jobs in AK. Where did you guys move from? Were you both used to the cold before moving up there?

Ben Schneider said...

@ Chris and Rachel

We both have always lived in places that get pretty cold in the winter. I guess it depends on what part of Alaska you are moving to. Fairbanks BRRRRRRRR! But around here we get a few weeks of negative teens but most of the winter is between 10 and 40. If you like snow sports and winter it is a great place.

Unknown said...

So excited to find your blog! We are living in anchorage now with our 6! boys, My husband and I have been here for 20+ years. We are looking into getting a yurt and heading out to the chugiak/birchwood area soon. What size is your yurt? Do you have a company you recommend? How are the winters?
Thanks so much!

Ben Schneider said...

@ Kimberly Joy Crowley

Our yurt is a 30 footer that we purchased from Pacific Yurts in Oregon. Winters have been fine. We had a lot of shoveling to do this year but were nice and warm. If you are serious about yurts, you are welcome to take a look at ours to get a feel for it.


Linz said...

Wow! Congratulations on finishing your place and moving it!

We share a very similar story to you, although in a very different climate! We built a Colorado Yurt and lived in it for two years while we built our barn with second story apartment, where we live now.

Thanks for sharing your story!

Jafo232 said...

We just got our yurt raised up in the Adirondacks. My only worry is the snow load because it is a seasonal camp, not a residence. Curious if you have had any issues with snow load up in Alaska?

Anyway, I have documented our yurt experience at yurtforum.com. Any advice you can give us will go a LONG way, because yurts are very uncommon here on the East coast, so there are very few people to talk to about them.